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Ancient Daddy Longlegs Had Extra Set of Eyes

The 305-million-year-old fossil may reveal secrets about the evolution of spider eyes, new study says.

Surprising Animals That Sport Mustaches

Jumping spiders, emperor tamarins, and walruses are among nature’s creatures that sport staches.

Your Weird Animal Questions Answered

What is a honey badger, really? How do spiders not get stuck to their webs? See answers to these questions and more in our weekly Q&A column.

Your Shot Pictures: More Albino and Oddly White Animals

See an albino bat, wallaby, deer, and more in our roundup of photos submitted by National Geographic readers.

How Do Spiders Walk Upside Down? Mystery Solved

Tiny, flexible hairs at the end of spiders’ legs are the secret to their sticky success, a new study says.

“Slingshot Spider” Flings Sticky Web at Prey, Spider-Man Style

In a Spider-Man-like move, a possibly new species of spider uses its web as a slingshot to ensnare prey.

Male Black Widow Spiders “Twerk” to Avoid Being Eaten by Females

Male black widow spiders shake their booties to send friendly messages to females—and avoid getting eaten, a new study says.

Your Best Names for the Mystery Picket-Fence Spider

Carousel spider, American dream spider, Druid spider—see the creative names suggested for the new Amazonian arachnid that makes “picket fences.”

Mystery Picket Fence in Amazon Explained

The animal that built strange web-like structures in the Amazon has finally been identified, scientists say.

Bugs and Spiders That Have Wreaked Havoc on Transportation

Toyota recalled hundreds of thousands of cars due to spider webs, but it’s not the first case of bugs and spiders tripping up transportation.

How Do Spiders Fly for Miles? Mystery Solved

Gossamer spiders use an electrostatic charge to leap into the air and fly for miles, a new study says.

Masters of Deception: 5 Two-Faced Species

A spider with a happy face on its back, an orchid that looks like a monkey, and a bug with a peanut head are among nature’s tricksters.

The Wonderful World of Arthropods

Pictures: Insects and spiders like you’ve never seen them before.

Franz Josef Land Expediton: Ice and Giant Sea Spiders

This giant species of sea spider was found for the first time during the Leigh-Smith 1881 expedition to Franz Josef Land. The team may be the first people ever to photograph it in its natural environment.

The Bug Chef Shares How to Eat Grasshoppers, Ants, and Spiders in Style

David George Gordon, also known as “The Bug Chef,” has shared his love for cooking insects through demonstrations in thirty-two states and four foreign countries. The Seattle-based chef and naturalist is the author of nineteen books, including 1998’s The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook. The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook has just been revised and re-released by Ten Speed Press. Around…